Cameron sticks to Tory promise of cap on non-EU immigration
14th May 2010: The Conservatives are going ahead with their promise of putting a cap on immigration. Even the coalition policy says so. But so far Home Secretary Theresa May has not set a figure on the promised cap on immigration from outside Europe.
Immigration had emerged as a key issue during the election campaign. With the Conservatives forming the government with Lim-Dem, Prime Minister David Cameron has stuck to the Tory promise of a cap on non-EU immigration.
Even before the general elections, Labour had raised the issue of number for the cap. The then Prime Minister Brown had asserted an arbitrary national cap would not work; and the Conservatives were not even giving the number for that cap, “so they can’t tell us what they would do."
The placing of the cap has led to apprehensions of sorts among the immigrants, who believe Britain may lose some of its multicultural flavour with the restriction of numbers.
The opinion on Britain benefiting from multiculturalism has been gaining credence over the years. Only recently, former Downing Street adviser Andrew Neather had claimed mass migration was encouraged by Labour ministers over the past decade to make the UK truly multicultural, and plug in the gaps in the labour market. He had asserted the policy has made London a more attractive and diverse place.
Neather, who worked as a speechwriter for Tony Blair and in the Home Office for Jack Straw and David Blunkett, had asserted the mass influx of migrant workers was neither a mistake, nor a miscalculation. It was rather a policy the party preferred not to reveal to its core voters.